.blend Files Virus (Phobos Ransomware) – How to Remove It
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.blend Files Virus (Phobos) – How to Remove It

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What are .blend files? What is Phobos ransomware? How to open .blend files? How to remove Phobos and try to restore .blend encrypted files?

A new variant of Phobos ransomware virus has been reported to hit unsuspecting victims. The virus uses the .blend extension which is added to the files it encrypts. The files, encrypted by Phobos ransomware are then no longer able to be opened and the crooks who are behind this virus want victims to pay ransom to get their files back. If your computer has been infected by the .blend variant of Phobos ransomware, then we strongly recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.blend Phobos virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA variant of Phobos ransomware. Aims to encrypt files and hold them hostage until the victim pays ransom to get the data back.
SymptomsFiles have the .blend file extension and a ransom note file, called Phobos is also dropped on the victim computer.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Phobos Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Phobos ransomware is from the cryptovirus type. Just like it’s predecessor Dharma ransomware, Phobos ransomware aims to use AES encryption and make your important files to no longer be readible.

To slither in your computer, Phobos ransomware may come in different forms. One scenario is if you get infected as a result of a browser redirection that is caused by this variant of Phobos. These types of virus redirects are likely caused by an adware, a PUP or another redirection software. Another scenario is for the virus file of Phobos to come on your computer as a result of a malicious e-mail attachment. These attachments often pretend to be invoices, documents and other forms of seemingly legitimate files. And yet, you can also download the virus infection file of the Phbos .blend ransomware by visiting multiple different sites online, that are compromised and offer it as a fake crack, patch, keygen and basically any other free download that you are looking for.

Either way, once Phobos .blend virus is on your computer, you may immediately notice it. This is because the virus sets the following ransom note on your computer:

Text from image:

All your files are encrypted
Hello World
Data on this PC turned into a useless binary code
To return to normal, please contact us by this e-mail: [email protected]
Set topic of your message to ‘Encryption ID:6BBC6934’
Interesting Facts:
• 1. Over time, the cost increases, do not waste your time
• 2. Only we can help you, for sure, no one else.
• 3. BE CAREFUL !!! If you still try to find other solutions to the problem, make a backup copy of the files you want to experiment on, and play with them. Otherwise, they can be permanently damaged
• 4. Any services that offer you help or just take money from you and disappear, or they will be intermediaries between us, with inflated value. Since the antidote is only among the creators of the virus

To encrypt the files on your computer, Phobos ransomware may begin to scan for all the files, documents and other data outside of the general Windows directories. Once it detects them, they assume the following appearance:

After it detects your files, Phobos ransomware may use the Advanced Encryption Standard encryption algorithm, which aims to render your files to be ineffective. The main idea of those files is to become no longer usable, until you have the decryption key that is generated and is currently in the hands of the crooks. It is not advisable to pay the ransom, because for one, you cannot trust the cyber-criminals, but also paying the ransom does not mean that you will get your files back.

Remove Phobos Ransomware and Try to Restore .blend Files

In order for you to get rid of Phobos ransomware from your computer, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal steps below. They are made to help you to remove this virus from your computer by isolating it and deleting the objects it creates. For maximum effectiveness and faster removal, we do recommend that you save yourself some time and skip to downloading a professional anti-malware software, which will do all of those steps and remove .blend Phobos virus automatically from your computer. Such software will automatically scan your computer for all of the .blend objects and get rid of the virus automatically, without further damaging your files.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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